After a final practice at Reckling Park, the Owls found the start of their 2016 NCAA Regional road trip to Baton Rouge delayed for 30 minutes by a brief drenching.
That delay put us into the heat of rush hour traffic at 5 p.m., traffic which was heightened by an accident and more rain. Heavy rain persisted even as the traffic lightened and we again came to a dead stop because of an accident involving a head-on collision with the center median.
As luck would have it, we arrived just after the tow trucks, who were blocking all lanes of traffic. But just as luckily, we were near an exit and after some deft driving, we were able to pull off the highway and ride the feeder past the wreck and get back up to cruising speed.
We crossed the Sabine River and entered Louisiana in good shape; it was then time to make a stop for dinner in Sulphur.
After filling up on food, we were back on the road with our travel companion (rain) continuing to tag along.
We finally made the climb over the huge bridge over the Mississippi River and into Baton Rouge and got to the hotel at 11:30 p.m.
A long day, for sure, but after a good rest, the Owls will be ready to roll for our practice session later today at The Box.